In Windows 8 Consumer Preview (latest, not developers preview), my audio sound card driver was detected and the Windows online data base downloaded and installed the drivers for the card - Version 188.8.131.523 dated 6/3/2009 for my Creative X-Fi Music Extreme audio card.
Problem is that Creative has a more recent driver that will function without the current audio distortion (crackling noice) that I'm experiencing now. I know there's nothing wrong with the card becasue I have Windows XP on one drive and Windows 7 on another drive, without any sound issues whatsoever. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is on its own physial hard drive.
What happens is that I install the new driver from Creative, but the currenlty installed 184.108.40.2063 driver version stays installed. I can't seem to replace that driver once it installs It wil add the other features that come with the the update install pack and the new driver's installer will say "Successfully Installed- Reboot to Finish" when finished, but the driver just won't be replaced by the new updated version. If I select Uninstall, from Device Manager, it will uninstall, but when I try to install the driver from Creative it comes back saying that there's no hardware found. It only finds the hardware if the version 220.127.116.113 version is in place.
It almost seems as if the system is protecting itself and won't let you change this driver. I also tried other compatible drivers and the same thing happnens. I even tried to use compatibiliy mode, but that didn't seem to work either. There must be some secuity setting in Windows 8 preventing the update of this driver.
Ideas and Fixes Welcomed!